Counterfeit money found; students robbed at gunpoint

Police also cited a man for trespassing and spitting on the sidewalk.

Elizabeth Cook

Four men stole a wallet from three students at gunpoint early Sunday morning at a parking lot near Middlebrook Hall. Two students were punched in the incident, but none required medical attention, police said.

Steve Johnson, deputy police chief for the University Police Department, said police are still searching for the suspects.

Johnson said police are looking at the incident as an isolated one. Students can protect themselves from similar incidents by using the University’s escort service and being aware of their surroundings, he said.

Counterfeit money

A man used a counterfeit $5 bill at a campus convenience store July 6.

A Harvard Market clerk called officers at approximately 11 a.m. because of the counterfeit money.

The clerk, Lori Vander Zanden, said a man came in with the bill wanting five single bills in return. When he handed her the money, he gave it to her face down. Once he received the change, he left the store.

When she looked on the other side of the $5 bill, she noticed part of the bill seemed darker than a normal bill. A pen used to detect counterfeit money verified her suspicion, she said.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a counterfeit bill,” she said.

The use of counterfeit money is not common around campus, Johnson said.

“For us, it’s kind of rare; it shows up every now and then when businesses spot it,” Johnson said.

When police later found the man who used the bill, he said he received it at a Minneapolis grocery store. He returned $5 to the store and was released without incident, according to police records.

Trespassing and spitting

Police cited a man for trespassing and spitting on the sidewalk Thursday near a West Bank apartment building, according to police records.

A private security guard at The Cedars apartment complex flagged down police at approximately 1:15 a.m. after seeing the man try to get inside the building by entering codes into the code box, Johnson said.

The man told police he was trying to get into the building to visit a friend.

Throughout the incident with police, he kept spitting on the sidewalk. Officers asked him to stop, but he refused.

Police also found several suspicious items on the suspect, including someone else’s check card and cell phone that he claimed was a friend’s. The property was inventoried.

He was then brought into headquarters, interviewed and released, according to records.